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Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

Metro has been a leader in using ITS. A wireless communications network on our RapidRide corridors enables buses to request priority treatment at traffic signals, lets passengers pay their fares before boarding, and delivers “next bus“ information to electronic signs at stations.

With the ongoing extension of Link, Metro is continuing to restructure our route network around the rail system as well as multi-modal connections and new travel options. As this service network evolves, service integration will become ever more critical. We would need better tools to analyze ridership, productivity, on-time performance, traffic congestion, roadway volumes, corridor performance, and other aspects of operations in a more regional and collaborative manner. The region’s transit agencies could become better aligned by sharing more data and analysis.

We’ll build on this architecture to deliver such improvements systemwide, connecting the management of transit and other transportation modes to make our service faster, more reliable, and easier to use. Many of Metro’s concepts for using ITS are mentioned throughout this plan, including:

Metro won’t be able to fully understand our own riders’ needs and travel patterns without knowing where and how they transfer to other services and modes. We would need agreements with the ORCA partners to obtain regional data and conduct integrated service planning.

Emerging technologies that interconnect travelers, vehicles, management centers and the roadway—called Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)—will transform the way we travel.

• Intelligent buses that report the availability of seats, bike racks, and space for mobility devices; engine diagnostics; have weather and pollution information; and also communicate with the road network and other vehicles. • Integration of public and private travel options such as bus, rail, carshare, bikeshare, and TNCs like Uber and Lyft into a single trip-planning and payment system. • Integration of transportation management centers operated by Metro, WSDOT, the City of Seattle, and others. • Improve and share raw transit data among our regional partners to better understand our customers’ needs. We would build on recent initiatives such as the Metro/Sound Transit Integration effort and the Five Agency downtown Seattle effort to share data.

What would it take? • Investment in operations and system preservation such as: • Building base capacity for up to 650 new vehicles, along with a new vanpool distribution base, Access fleet base, and other support facilities. • Expanding safety and security infrastructure to keep customers and employees safe. • Continuing to lead in the testing, development, and procurement of information technology assets that are vitally important to providing excellent customer service over the long term.

• Other future technologies such as automated buses and active safety systems.



Profile for King County Metro Transit

METRO CONNECTS Long-Range Plan  

King County Metro Transit’s vision for bringing you more service, more choices, and one easy-to-use system over the next 25 years.

METRO CONNECTS Long-Range Plan  

King County Metro Transit’s vision for bringing you more service, more choices, and one easy-to-use system over the next 25 years.